Roast Busters: New charges to be laid after another alleged victim comes forward

Police will lay fresh charges after another alleged victim of the so-called Roast Busters came forward.

The west Auckland-based Roast Busters were accused of plying girls with alcohol between 2011 and 2013 and sexually assaulting them. Some were as young as 13.

A trio of men were charged in December last year with unlawful connection with a young person aged 12-16. Two were arrested and have appeared in court, while another man wanted for arrest now resides in Los Angeles.

Now, police say they have contacted victims who made previous complaints against the Roast Busters, and one of those victims "expressed a desire" to be part of the prosecution going forward.

"After consultation and a review of her complaint, a decision was made to lay an additional charge against two of the defendants of sexual connection with a young person under 12-16," said detective inspector John Sutton of Waitemata Police. 

These charges will be laid at the two men's next court appearance at Waitakere District Court on May 20.

Det Insp Sutton said police have received interest in extraditing a man based overseas, but they can't comment on these proceedings.

"Any extradition process is time-consuming and police are unable to give any timeframes as to when any update is able to be provided."

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